Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving – a time to be thankful

Greenville/Darke County is a gifted community whose reason for pride now lies in the character of its everyday people.

From the signing of the Treaty to Annie Oakley, Zachary Lansdowne and Lowell Thomas (the voice recognized around the world), the area has had reason for pride resulting from national and worldwide recognition. Among these notables are interspersed less recognized heroes that have served in the military and elsewhere. In recent decades though, the community has been very much like a spent fire with only flickering embers remaining.

Then, thanks to the US Department of Energy (DOE)/Battelle Memorial Institute’s plan for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), the fire reemerged like Lazarus. In their battle, everyday people opposed the United Nations IPCC committee, DOE, Wall Street and international financial tyrants who stood to make billions on the Carbon Climate Exchange. Faced with this overwhelming force and lacking support of their own leaders, the citizens of Darke County said “NO”. “No” to the bizarre worldwide scheme trumpeted by no less than Al Gore who stood to make billions in this orgy of greed. Our citizens fully understood that burying clean pure organic CO2, the lifeblood of plant growth and agriculture, was a scheme financed by the powerful and propagated by hysteria. Now, only a few years later, news articles attest to the collapse of the climate change fraud and with it the now defunct Chicago Climate Exchange. Most vivid in our memory of this battle is octogenarian Herman Neff, now deceased, who vigorously supported and generously donated to the movement.

More recently the community, generous and overall God-fearing, has stood against a social plan spawned in Columbus designed to reduce the state’s responsibility and costs of dealing with the problems of felons and parolees. Naturally, just as in the case of burying carbon dioxide, the social elitists there selected what they thought was the weakest community – or so they thought. The community, through research and reflection, has come to recognize what is known by reputable sociologists. The rehabilitation of felons, although necessary, can only be achieved by distributing the parolees evenly among communities based on the financial and intellectual resources available for the task. Once again, alas, a community threatened by the ACLU, finds its greatest support coming from a most unlikely source. The state of California has just passed Chelsea’s Law to be added to Megan’s Law, Adam’s Law and the Amber Alert.


Also included in this time to be thankful is the fact that we live in a culinary cornucopia with an entire array of Thanksgiving foods from Darke County. A partial list includes turkeys, poultry, beef, pork, venison, lamb, shrimp, eggs, milk, cheese, pumpkins, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, fruits, apple cider, wine and pure water from our undamaged aquifer - all produced and grown responsibly by our neighbors who through their work also support our economy. Lastly, a drive into this beautiful countryside can be fueled by locally produced ethanol or soy diesel. ~Charles E. Reier MD


  1. Your link about the CO2 issue is to an editorial article. That is hardly a verified and unbiased source. I agree that we have much to be thankful for in Darke County, but can't we keep politics out of it?

  2. We have so much to thank God for. This is the season to be thankful. I am thankful that we still live in a country that we can freely worship, choose our occupations, serve deliciouly prepared food, wear beautiful clothing, decorate our homes to our chosen styles and we can freely voice our opinions.
    "Thank you Lord for your blessings on us!"


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